FOOTLOOSE presents @ Shotwell Studios
D'Arc, woman on fire

Dates: Fridays and Saturdays, October 5 through 27, 2007 at 8:00 pm
Sunday Matinees, October 14 and 21, 2007 at 1:00 pm
Location: Shotwell Studios, 3252-A 19th St.
(between Folsom & So. Van Ness) [map]
Tickets: $20 on Fridays and Saturdays
$15 on Sundays
$12 for students and seniors
Group rates available
Advance tickets available through TIX on Union Square, &
Info/Res: 415-289-2000 or

Written and Performed by Amanda Moody
Music composed by Jay Cloidt
Direction and dramaturgy by Melissa Weaver
Cello performed by Elaine Kreston
Produced by Mary Alice Fry and Agape Performance Group

The award-winning team that brought you Serial Murderess strikes again, with their new music-theater work, D'Arc, woman on fire. Now, writer/performer Amanda Moody and director Melissa Weaver team with the humor and eclectic dynamism of composer Jay Cloidt, and cellist Elaine Kreston, known for her sumptuous, edgy playing.

D'Arc offers a surreal inquiry into the costs of dreams, lived and unlived. Weaving the threads of the Dark Ages with our own dark times, D'Arc depicts a present-day intercession by Saint Joan of Arc. We meet Joanne. Home alone, she fixates on letters from her daughter who vanished while working abroad in a war-torn region. Raging against loss, Joanne begins to receive bizarre visions through the cold flame of her television set. It is Saint Joan, burning through the TV twilight to answer her grief. Relating tales of her own battles and trials, Joan teases and admonishes Joanne, disrupts her obsessions and challenges her to listen anew to the call of her own life.

Jay Cloidt’s haunting music drives this D'Arc night of the soul. Integrating Moody’s mercurial vocalizations with acoustic and processed cello, the composition features original songs, underscoring, and sound design. His composition spans 14th century hymns, post-Romanticism, aggressive electronic music and heart-thumping gospel to evoke the strange dream of Joanne and Joan’s collision-course.

Footloose's presentation of D'Arc is supported in part by the Zellerbach Family Fun, Grants for the Arts, San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, the Argosy Foundation, the San Francisco Arts Commission Grants Program, Theatre Bay Area CA$H Grants, Copy Central, Amazon Advertising, Umlaut Films, Elias Arts, R.S.A. Films, Barbary Post, Tricycle Logic and generous individuals.

Amanda Moody, writer/performer:
Miss Moody is known as a triple-threat writer/actor/singer with a wide range of comedic and dramatic skills. “…the stillness at the center of Moody’s intense focus works a strangely evocative transformation …” (Robert Hurwitt, SF Examiner). Her critically acclaimed work, Serial Murderess, with music by Clark Suprynowicz and directed by Melissa Weaver, enjoyed an extended, sold-out premiere at Footloose's Venue 9 theater in the winter of 2000/01and again in 2002, winning the 2001 Dean Goodman’s Choice Award for Outstanding Achievement, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian's BEST OF 2000 Upstage/DownstageAward for great solo performance. “…funny, disturbing and refreshingly un-PC …” (Kerry Reid, Callboard Magazine); “…provocative, literate and scary… above all, entertaining …” (Dallas Faulkner, Bay Arts and Music). Previously, Moody wrote and performed the six-character, music-theatre piece, The Winchester Rosary composed by Joël Lindheimer. This one-woman show was performed at San Francisco's SOMAR Gallery Theatre in 1997 and again in 1998, and was co-presented by Agape Performance Group and The Paul Dresher Ensemble. Jean Schiffman wrote in BackStage West, “... Moody’s virtuosity – as writer, singer and actor – is awesome.”

She has written the original story and libretto for the opera, Caliban Dreams, composed by Clark Suprynowicz, which she performed with tenor John Duykers in concert at the Magic Theatre in May of 2003. Her original oratorio, Bitter Harvest, composed by Kurt Rohde, premiered in December 2005 with the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kent Nagano. Georgia Rowe of the Contra Costa Times declared Bitter Harvest “Splendid... boldly contemporary and undeniably moving.”

Jay Cloidt, composer:
Jay Cloidt is a composer and sound designer working in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was born and raised in a small town in Nebraska. After receiving his BA in piano performance, he moved to Seattle and worked as a professional rock and blues musician in the 1970’s before being “born again” as a contemporary music composer. He studied at the Center for Contemporary Music at Mills College with Robert Ashley and David Behrman. As a composer, he has collaborated with many groups, beginning with the late Ed Mock’s group and including the Kronos Quartet, Paul Dresher Ensemble, California EAR Unit, the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, the Gary Palmer Dance Company, and ODC/San Francisco. His works have been performed extensively by these groups and others in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Recent projects include Span, a piece for solo piano commissioned by pianist Vicki Ray of theCalifornia EAR Unit; music for the feature film Send Word, directed by Lynn Feinerman; and Eleven Windows, his third commission for Kronos Quartet. A CD of his chamber music and electronic works, Kole Kat Krush, is available on Starkland Records (ST-208). The American Record Guide called it “... creative and attention-grabbing ... haunting and original”; and the AMG All Music Guide described it as “a wonderful, accessible, and yet challenging album from one of new music's brightest lights.” The San Francisco Chronicle has dubbed Cloidt “The Spike Jones of the Bay Area new music scene.”

Melissa Weaver, director/dramaturge:
Artistic Director of Agape Performance Group (along with partner John Duykers), Melissa Weaver was a founding member of George Coates Performance Works and has worked in the bay area for two decades. As a writer and director, she conceived, Last Stand and Trespass Knot. D'Arc is the sixth of her collaborations with Amanda Moody, including Serial Murderess, The Winchester Rosary, Caliban Dreams (for the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival) and Bitter Harvest (for the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra). Weaver recently directed John Duykers in Paul Dresher's The Tyrant, which premiered in Seattle at On the Boards, in Philadelphia at Prince Music Theater, at Sonoma State's Person Theater and most recently, to rave reviews at Berkeley's Zellerbach Playhouse. Over her 20 years as a member of the Paul Dresher Ensemble, she has collaborated in the creation of The Way of How, are/are, SeeHear, Slow Fire, Power Failure, Pioneer, Awed Behavior, Ravenshead and the design for Dresher's Electro-Acoustic Band. Weaver staged Orff's Die Klug with Kent Nagano at the Ojai Festival in 2006, Erling Wold's Sub Pontio Pilato at ODC Theatre and Seven Small Operas at Long Beach Opera. She was recently an artist-in-residence at California Institute of the Arts for five years, creating several original works and directing Ravel's L'Enfants et les Sortileges.

Elaine Kreston, cellist:
Cellist Elaine Kreston has performed throughout the USA and Europe, including Carnegie's Recital Hall, as soloist on Broadway, with pop and rock stars, and has been featured in broadcasts on NPR and KPFA. Her talents are diverse: a founding member of the classical Maybeck Trio, she also performs in RumiCello: a collaboration that beautifully mingles the poetry of Rumi with the sounds of the cello. Blending her background of classical music with improvisation, she has performed as soloist at the events of Krishna Das, Adyashanti, and Eckhart Tolle.

As a recording artist, Elaine can be heard on the albums of singer-songwriters, movie scores, and a recently released CD with TranslucenT. Elaine's background includes receiving a bachelor's degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and a Master’s Degree from UT-Austin. With a spirited desire to share the wonders of music with future generations, she currently leads a teaching studio in the Bay Area and frequently visits schools, public and private, to perform, teach, and inspire.